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July 11 2012


Thomas Normand: 1st place at the Bizuth ranking of the Solitaire du Figaro

On July 11th at 9.44 am, Thomas achieved his dream of winning the Bizuth ranking of the Solitaire du Figaro. On his arrival in Cherbourg, the skipper of the “Financière de l’Echiquier“ showed a big smile on a tired and salty face. Thomas Normand fought hard to maintain this first position won from the very first leg. The Figaro boat “Financière de l´Echiquier” ranks 15th on the overall ranking of the Solitaire du Figaro, 3 hours and 13 minutes behind the winner Yann Eliès.

"I'm really happy to win as first Bizuth, I´m living a dream after six months of intense preparation. I can´t realize yet but I'm glad I have reached my objectives for this season. I was a bit worry on the last leg but I have surpassed myself to reduce the distance with the other competitors. It has been hard to maintain my position because there are only 11 minutes between me and the second Bizuth. Julien Villion achieved a great performance also, I want to congratulate him. For 3 days, my heart has been beating very fast, I was feeling guilty to take the time to eat something and sleep.

I knew the Solitaire du Figaro was a really demanding race, but I wasn´t expecting it would be so intense. You need to live it to realize how hard it is! After 3 intense weeks, now I really want to enjoy this victory!

Overall ranking Bizuth (before jury)

1 - Thomas Normand - Figaro Financière de l´Echiquier after 8 days 14h 20 min

2 - Julien Villion - Seixo Promotion after 8 days 14h 31 min

3 - Corentin Horeau - Bretagne Crédit Mutuel Espoir after 8 days 15h 27 min

(c) A. Courcoux / Absolute Dreamer